Islam in the West

Subject 110-223 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
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Prerequisites: Students must be completing an Islamic Studies major
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Subject Overview:

This subject/unit examines Islam in the West past and present. It explores how Muslims interpret and practice Islam in a culture that is secular and somewhat alien to the culture of Muslim majority countries. Students will study how Muslims in the West negotiate their beliefs on Islam, particularly within the theological and ethico-legal spheres. Part of the subject/unit involves a case study of Muslims in Australia, which will include visits to some local Muslim institutions and interaction with Muslim communities. Students will undertake a small scale research project on Islam and Muslims in the West and present the results in writing.

Assessment: Assessment totalling 4000 words (100%)
Prescribed Texts: Materials prepared by the Centre
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be familiar with research methods; thinking in theoretical and analytical terms;

  • understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness and openness to the world;

  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, confidence in self-expression.


This subject will be taught online by the University of Melbourne. It is offered to students of University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney and Griffith University, who are completing an Islamic Studies major. Local tutorial support will be available at all three universities. All students completing the last semester of their Islamic Studies major must enrol in this subject Students must be completing an Islamic Studies major Not available as breadth subject

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (International Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (International Politics)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Arabic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (International Politics)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)

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